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Brooks Ancient Madder tie and Drake’s pocket square.

Chester Mox Wallets are 20% off until March 26th (code: MAR20DISC)
I had quite a scare yesterday when I was on my way out the door to work and realized my wallet wasn’t in my pocket. I’m not one who usually removes his wallet each day, and since I’ve been wearing the same Red Cotton Denim jeans every day for I-don’t-know-how-long (though I did just wash them), it was a shock to find it missing.
I looked around the house, and the usual places I might leave it on those rare occasions when it does come out of my pocket for reasons other than to access its contents, turned up nothing. I thought back to the last place I’d used it, and gave them a call to see if it was in their possession. No one answered, so I left a message. A sense of panic ensued.
After the initial terror of identities theft-ed, dollars spent-ed, and uncashed checks cashed-ed (I’ve never lost a wallet before—it’s very unlike me…) had subsided, I checked to make sure there had been no bizarre purchases made using my credit and debit cards. There weren’t. After ensuring that my beleaguered finances were safe, the first thought that popped into my head was “damn…now I have to replace my Chester Mox wallet, and you can’t just buy the patina on some Ilcea ‘Antique’ (read museum) calf that comes from over a year of daily use…” I jest, since the patina is quite subtle, but it is true that my mind turned quite quickly to the dilemma (opportunity?) of replacing my then-missing wallet.
Having cycled quickly through panic, followed by the crassest sort of materialism, disgust was the next stage in my off-beat grief cycle. That, too, was soon overcome as I pulled up the Chester Mox website to see what I might buy to replace my missing wallet. I was delighted to see that everything at Chester Mox was on sale for 20% off, and was deciding between buying this Forest Green Horween Chromexcel ‘Dual Side Wallet’ or this Forest Green Horween Chromexcel ‘Slim Wallet’ when my phone rang. To my relief (though I admit it was tinged with some regret, since the green wallets looked so tempting…), it was the store where I’d last used my wallet letting me know that someone had turned it in (I owe the world a good deed), with all contents intact, to their lost and found, and it was sitting in their safe for me to come pick up.
Ironically, I think the mechanical gesture of pocketing my wallet after each use was interrupted yesterday when the person in front of me in line had left their debit card behind. I ran after him to return it, and must have left my own wallet near the register while doing so. Needless to say, I’m really happy to have my wallet back, but may now be forced to take advantage of Chester Mox’s sale and get myself one of those nice green Chromexcel numbers. I guess I can justify it by telling myself that 20% off of $70 is a small price to pay for a lost wallet being returned with nothing missing. Oh, how a passion for menswear is corrupting… 

Chester Mox Wallets are 20% off until March 26th (code: MAR20DISC)

I had quite a scare yesterday when I was on my way out the door to work and realized my wallet wasn’t in my pocket. I’m not one who usually removes his wallet each day, and since I’ve been wearing the same Red Cotton Denim jeans every day for I-don’t-know-how-long (though I did just wash them), it was a shock to find it missing.

I looked around the house, and the usual places I might leave it on those rare occasions when it does come out of my pocket for reasons other than to access its contents, turned up nothing. I thought back to the last place I’d used it, and gave them a call to see if it was in their possession. No one answered, so I left a message. A sense of panic ensued.

After the initial terror of identities theft-ed, dollars spent-ed, and uncashed checks cashed-ed (I’ve never lost a wallet before—it’s very unlike me…) had subsided, I checked to make sure there had been no bizarre purchases made using my credit and debit cards. There weren’t. After ensuring that my beleaguered finances were safe, the first thought that popped into my head was “damn…now I have to replace my Chester Mox wallet, and you can’t just buy the patina on some Ilcea ‘Antique’ (read museum) calf that comes from over a year of daily use…” I jest, since the patina is quite subtle, but it is true that my mind turned quite quickly to the dilemma (opportunity?) of replacing my then-missing wallet.

Having cycled quickly through panic, followed by the crassest sort of materialism, disgust was the next stage in my off-beat grief cycle. That, too, was soon overcome as I pulled up the Chester Mox website to see what I might buy to replace my missing wallet. I was delighted to see that everything at Chester Mox was on sale for 20% off, and was deciding between buying this Forest Green Horween Chromexcel ‘Dual Side Wallet’ or this Forest Green Horween Chromexcel ‘Slim Wallet’ when my phone rang. To my relief (though I admit it was tinged with some regret, since the green wallets looked so tempting…), it was the store where I’d last used my wallet letting me know that someone had turned it in (I owe the world a good deed), with all contents intact, to their lost and found, and it was sitting in their safe for me to come pick up.

Ironically, I think the mechanical gesture of pocketing my wallet after each use was interrupted yesterday when the person in front of me in line had left their debit card behind. I ran after him to return it, and must have left my own wallet near the register while doing so. Needless to say, I’m really happy to have my wallet back, but may now be forced to take advantage of Chester Mox’s sale and get myself one of those nice green Chromexcel numbers. I guess I can justify it by telling myself that 20% off of $70 is a small price to pay for a lost wallet being returned with nothing missing. Oh, how a passion for menswear is corrupting… 

Tie: Les Copains wool/silk, ebay $10

Puppytooth and stripes.

Puppytooth and stripes.

Jacket: Stafford Prep ‘Redford,’ ebay $29 (more on this soon)

Sweater: Merino V-neck, Banana Republic clearance $20

Shirt: Brooks Bros. ESF OCBD, thrifted $5

Tie: Cable Car Clothiers Three Thread English Repp, thrifted $2

Now that I’ve got my own washer and dryer, I can—and do—wear the same shirt twice in one week. Though the old aphorism ‘variety is the spice of life’ may be true in many domains, I am finding it less and less so when it comes to the shirts I reach for most.

WIWY

WIWY

Jacket: Suit Supply, clearance $99 

Cardigan: PRL, clearance $30

Shirt: Brooks Brothers, ebay $10

Tie: PRL, thrifted $2

Pocket Square: Kent Wang, gift

Double breasted odd jacket and a cardigan. Dots and madder.

Double breasted odd jacket and a cardigan. Dots and madder.

Cardigan under a suit-jacket-as-separate.

Cardigan under a suit-jacket-as-separate.

It’s nice to be back in shirt and tie.

WIWT

WIWT

Polo Ralph Lauren Neat.

Polo Ralph Lauren Neat.

Jeans by Red Cotton Denim, socks by Marcoliani, shoes by AE for PRL.

Jeans by Red Cotton Denim, socks by Marcoliani, shoes by AE for PRL.

Sweater: Uniqlo, $20

Shirt: BB OCBD, thrifted $5

Tie: BB Makers & Merchants, BB Outlet $15

Jeans: Red Cotton Denim, c/o Red Cotton Denim

Shoes: Red Wing Wabasha, Nordstrom Rack $50